Зображення сторінки
PDF
ePub

244

STANZAS ON WILLIAM'S DEATH.

Preserve, O venerable pile !
- Inviolate, thy sacred trust; .
To thy cold arms The British Isle

Weeping commits her richest dust.
Ye gentlest ministers of fate,

Attend the Monarch as he lies,
And bid the softest slumbers wait

With silken cords to bind his eyes.
Rest his dear Sword beneath his head,

Round him his faithful Arms shall stand;
Fix his bright ensigns on his bed,

The guards and honours of our land.
Ye sister arts of Paint and Verse,

Place Albion fainting by his side,
· Her groans arising o'er his hearse,

And Belgia siuking when he died.
High o'er the grave Religion set

In solemn gold-pronounce the ground
Sacred—10 bar unhallow'd feet,

And plant her guardian virtues round.
· Fair Liberty, in sables drest,

Write bis lov'd name upon his urn;
William, the scourge of Tyrants past,

And awe of Princes yet unborn!
Sweet Peace, his sacred relics keep,

With olives blooming round his head,
And stretch her wings across the deep

To bless the Nations with the shade!

Stand on the pile, immortal Fame,

Broad stars adorn thy brightest robe;
Thy thousand voices sonnd his name

In silver accents round the globe.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

Night and the Grave, remove your gloom,

Darkness becomes the vulgar dead;
But Glory bids the royal Tomb

Disdain the horrors of a shade.

GLORY with all her lamps shall burn,

And watch the Warrior's sleeping clay,
Till the last trumpet rouse his urn,

To aid the triumphs of the DAY!

It is but justice to add, that the enlightened Churchman and the conscientious Protestant Dissenter were uniformly the friends and supporters of William. On no occasion were they insensible of the distinguished blessings of the Revolution of 1688. Its Centenary Anniversary (at which I had the honour of being present) was kept with a solemnity suited to the importance of the event. On Nov. 4, 1788, a religious service was held at the Old Jewry, when the late amiable Dr. Kippis preached an excellent sermon, and all dined together at the London Tavern. On that day the COMMITTÉE and Stewards had on blue coats, the Dutch uniform, with buttons exhibiting a fine impression of the head of William; and the identical Dutch colours, under which WILLIAM landed at Torbay, were introduced into the room, as well as held up, whilst the following Eulogium was read on the occasion :

CHARACTER OF KING WILLIAM THE THIRD,

SCPPOSED BY BURNET.

Hz was the Head, Hand and Heart of the Confederacy, the
Assertor of LIBERTY, and the Deliverer of Nations,

The Support of the Empire,
The Bulwark of Holland,
The Preserver of Britain,

The Reducer of Ireland,
And The Terror of France;

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

King, Queen, Prince, Potentate, the World ne'er saw
So wise, just, honest, valiant as Nassau ;
HB was

but words are wanting to say what-
Say all that's Good and Great, and He was That!

Born Nov. 4, 1650. Married Nov. 4, 1677. Landed in England Nov. 4, 1688. Reigned 13 years, 23 days.

Died March 8, 1702.

I have often thought there was a considerable resemblance between William the Third and General Wash

ANECDOTE OF WASHINGTON,

247

/

ington. They were reserved in their tempers, modest in their claims, and distinguished assertors of civil and religious liberty. An anecdote of WASHINGTon shall be here recorded: it was communicated to me by the late Thomas Mullett, Esq., who was, soon after the American war, at Mount Vernon, the seat of General Washington. Besides other flattering marks of attention, WASHINGTON, when alone with him in his library, asked him if he had seen any

india vidual in that country who was competent to the task of writing a HISTORY of the late unhappy contest? Mr. M. replied, with his usual presence of mind, “I know of one, and one only, competent to the task.” The GENERAL eagerly asked, “ Who, Sir, can that individual be?” Mr. M. remarked, “ CÆSAR wrote his own Commentaries !" The General bowed, and replied, “ CÆSAR could write his Commentaries; but, Sir, I know the atrocities committed on both sides have been so great and many, that they cannot be faithfully recorded, and had better be buried in oblivion!” *

No sooner were KING WILLIAM and QUEEN MARY settled on the throne, 1688, than the Dissenting Mi

* MR. THOMAS MULLETT was an American merchant, of the first respectability. He was a native of Taunton, died at Clapham, Nov. 14, 1814, in the 69th year of his age, and was interred by me in Bunhill-fields. He survived his partner and son-in law, my worthy relative, Mr. Joseph Jeffery Evans (son of the Rev. Dr. Caleb Evans, of Bristol), not two years. They were both men of excellent understanding, and firm friends to civil and religious liberty. Be this note sacred to their memory!

248

DISSENTING MINISTERS' ADDRESS.

nisters in and about the city of London waited on their Majesties with an Address of Congratulation, when Dr. Bates made the following admirable speech :

- To the King. “ May it please your Majesty “ The series of successful events which have attended your glorious enterprise for the saving these KingDOMS from so imminent and destructive evils, has been so eminent and extraordinary, that it may force an acknowledgment of the DivINE PROVIDENCE from those who deny it, and cause admiration in all who believe and reverence it. The beauty and speed of this happy work are the bright signatures of his hand who creates deliverance for his people—the less of human power, the more of divine wisdom and goodness has been conspicuous in it! If the deliverance had been obtained by fierce and bloody battles, Victory itself had been dejected and sad, and our joy had been mixed with afflicting bitterness; but, as the SuŇ, ascending the horizon, dispels without noise the darkness of the night, so your serene presence has without tumults and disorders chased away the darkness that invaded us! In the sense of this astonishing deliverance, we desire, with all possible ardency of affection, to magnify the glorious name of God, the author of it, by whose entire efficacy the ineans have been successful; and we cannot, without a warm rapture of thankfulness, recount our obligations to your MAJESTY, the happy instrument of it. Your illustrious

« НазадПродовжити »